While the majority of the MLB checked their tweets and posts hoping to get more information about the Mark Trumbo deal, the Rockies were busy putting together a trade with the A’s that on the surface seems like a good swap. The specifics are this:
ROCKIES GET: LHP Brett Anderson and $2MM
THE A’s GET: LHP Drew Pomeranz and RHP Chris Jensen
The loss of Pomeranz feels a bit like the loss of Fowler – someone with so much potential hampered by physical and mental hurdles.
Unfortunately that seems to be the script for Anderson as well, at least with his time in Oakland.
Anderson has five years under his MLB belt with a career 3.81 ERA in his time with the A’s. He is also 26-29 over that time, but his biggest concerning stat is his innings pitched. He only had 163 innings pitched in the last three seasons total. His Tommy John surgery in 2011 and stress fracture in 2013 were the major contributors to that, but the very fact that he hasn’t pitched over 100 innings in a single season since 2010 leaves a lot of question marks. Then again, that year he went 2.80, so it is a very intriguing state nonetheless.